10 other beauty uses with your toothbrush

Toothbrush is a necessity for all of us in maintaining a set of healthy teeth. However, besides using the trusty toothbrush to brush our teeth, can we use it for other purposes? Well, there are plenty of other uses but here, I’ll look at 10 of them that are beauty related.

1. Exfoliate your lips
To keep your lips kissable, run an old toothbrush under warm water and gently brush your lips with it. If you like, you can add vaseline to your lips and then brush off with warm water. This will help remove dead skin on your lips and make your lips soft and smooth.

2. Scrub away your dead cuticles during manicure and pedicure
If you do your own manicure and pedicure, a toothbrush is really handy. When you’re done with pushing your cuticles, just scrub your nails with a toothbrush to get rid of the dead cuticles. The toothbrush can also help scrub away dead skin on your fingers and feet!

3. Scrub your elbows, knee caps and heels
You should exfoliate your elbows, knee caps and heels often so that they don’t become rough and look vastly different from other parts of your body. But you don’t always need fancy products to smoothen them. When you’re bathing, your can scrub them using a toothbrush and some soap. Since a toothbrush isn’t too harsh on those areas, you can use them every day or every other day.

4. Exfoliate your face
This one is controversial as some people will obviously find a toothbrush too harsh for their skin. Your best bet is to use an old toothbrush that has softer bristles. Best if it’s electric as it makes the scrubbing easier. Look how easy Michelle Phan does it with hers! But I wouldn’t recommend this for those with sensitive or thin skin though.

5. Exfoliate your neck and décolleté areas
Personally, I would prefer using the electric toothbrush to exfoliate my neck and décolleté areas. It’s great for massaging the area and keeping it well cleansed. Like the face, you have to moisturize the area properly after exfoliation.

6. Scrub away the ingrown hair
If you have issues with ingrown hair either on your armpits or elsewhere, you need to exfoliate frequently with a body scrub. I don’t have issues with ingrown hair but I like to use a scrub sometimes on my armpit and I find that a toothbrush can help me complete the scrubbing job more efficiently.

7. Groom your eyebrows
If you have unruly eyebrows, forget about buying a specific eyebrow brush. Just use an old toothbrush to groom your eyebrows into place with some Vaseline. I like using my kid’s small toothbrush because the size is just right.

8. Clean your jewelry
I’ve seen my mom use a toothbrush complete with toothpaste to polish her gold and silver jewelry. A toothbrush is great to clean a piece of jewelry of intricate design with tiny nooks and crannies.

9. Clean your hair brushes and combs
For hygiene purpose, it’s really good to clean your hair brushes and comb frequently. Okay, I admit I’m quite lazy with this one but if I do clean them, then it’s always a toothpick to pick out the hair and then an old toothbrush to scrub between the bristles. The brushes always look brand new again after the washes.

10. Clean your little containers and bottles
A toothbrush is also good when I need to clean some little containers and bottles that I use to store my DIY skin care concoctions. I can give the little bottles and containers a good scrub with the toothbrush and it always does the job well.

So do you have other beauty tips to use that toothbrush? If you do, please share!


  1. AtelierGal says:

    I mainly use it to scrub off dead skin from my lips. IDK but its been awfully dry for 2 months, no thanks to Vaseline!!

    Toothbrush on ingrown hair…that’s the first time I heard of such method…I should get more toothbrushes

  2. Angel says:

    So the toothbrush should be used…?
    I guess disinfect it with alcohol or something first.

  3. Vonvon says:

    I use my toothbrush to exfoliate my lips too.

    And use my old toothbrush for most of the usage you listed, esp so for my heels. Several different old toothbrush for different purposes, of course.

  4. Aki says:

    Great tips!

    I’m going to switch out my toothbrush and get to exfoliating!

  5. VeiraLing says:

    oh cool! the only other function my old brush used to do is scrub my tiled basin…lol, not so much of the above good stuff. shall try it out ?

  6. sesame says:

    Toothbrush for lips is quite effective. I sometimes use a washcloth but most of the time rely on the toothbrush.

  7. sesame says:

    Don’t use the same toothbrush to do all these. Some pple like getting new toothbrush for different purposes…but you can also use your old toothbrush.

  8. sesame says:

    So I guess you have many toothbrushes!

  9. sesame says:

    Hope you’ll have fun with them!

  10. sesame says:

    Oh the toothbrush has got many household functions. I have a couple of them to scrub tiles and even collars of clothes.

  11. xin says:

    great tips! i usually use old toothbrush to wash jeweleries, brush my bottles, and brush my basin ?

  12. viva follower says:

    really not sure about using a toothbrush for exfoliating the face, especially with a used one. I wouldn’t use it on anyone’s face really. Isn’t that terrible for the face, no matter how tough the skin might be?

  13. yay says:

    i always use toothbrush to scrub my tongue… after brushing your teeth you should always scrub your tongue @ least 2 or 3 times… it help get rid of bacteria….u might feel like gaging the 1st a couple time but u will get use to it & it’s worth it…trust me =)

  14. sesame says:

    It’s great for polishing isn’t it? ?

  15. sesame says:

    Yeah, I know how you feel cos the first time I learnt about it, I was kind of appalled too. But having tried it, it’s not too bad but I wouldn’t recommend doing this too often. I like it for the nose and chin area.

    You can sterilize your old toothbrush by leaving in a a solution of cider vinegar overnight. It’ll get rid of the germs and such…

  16. sesame says:

    I’ve tried that…but found it a bit uncomfortable so I still prefer to stick to a tongue scraper.

  17. yay says:

    yea i used to use tongue scraper too.. but somehow i feel like i want to gag more when i used tongue scraper rather than toothbrush…

  18. sesame says:

    Ah…I guess it’s a personal preference and also a habit. I started using tongue scraper as a child and so is more used to the idea.

  19. DF says:

    I made the mistake of jumping on Michelle P’s toothbrush bandwagon back when I had really thin skin and the lines my skin formed after using it have never gone away. It’s common sense but I was so desperate for beautiful skin like hers back then so just wanted to echo that people with thin, dry skin should stay far, far away for toothbrush exfoliation!

  20. DF says:


    Heritage’s Rosewater and Glycerin mist is THE bestestest spray for anyone with dry skin. Holy God has it turned my skin around, it’s amazing. I use it to mix my bentonite clay masks, i use it on sunny days when my skin starts getting dry, i spray it on before washing my face and before applying oils on my face. It’s the only way my skin can effectively absorb any oil I apply on it and it’s the biggest thing that has helped my skin up to this point. It’s just absolutely essential and I’m so glad I discovered it just in time for summer. So glad!!

  21. DF says:

    ugh sorry the post above was of course meant for your post on facial mists! how embarrassing :[

  22. sesame says:

    How often were you using it? Her skin looks quite good so it’s probably okay for her to use it often. I really wouldn’t recommend it often for normal skin. I prefer to use it on my neck region cos I find scrubbing is not so effective and the brush aids the process better.

  23. sesame says:

    Glad you found something that worked well for you.

  24. sesame says:

    Haha…no worries.

  25. Sherry says:

    I think its better use new toothbrush for face.

  26. sesame says:

    Yeah, true. But the new toothbrush might be too hard though…or get one with softer bristles.

  27. Karen says:

    Great! U can provide beauty care consultance or sell some beauty products online or any other ways to trade. Happy new year N Keep on.

  28. Val says:

    No, not on your lips please! Use something more gentle like a homemade sugar scrub which isn’t too abarasive. I had a friend who used a used a toothbrush on her lips and it actually broke the skin.
    Val last post is: Lip Care

  29. Sesame says:

    Perhaps she scrubbed too hard?

  30. Anonymous says:

    It could be dehydration. That’s usually what it is for me.

  31. Prince says:

    Would scrubbing too hard cause bumps on lips?

  32. Sesame says:

    Perhaps…you don’t need to scrub too hard.

  33. Babykitted says:

    Amazing! Good to know that I can use my toothbrush for a beauty tips. I will try number one because my lips is always dry.

  34. Thomas Henry says:

    Wao i do daily toothbrush and after reading your article i got some idea about new things

  35. Sandra Nokes says:

    I just tried my electric tooth brush on my face & it feels good. Great massager

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